Tag: Brazil

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    Brazilian Democracy in Distress: Unpacking Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment

    Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has opened impeachment procedures against President Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party (PT). This political manoeuvre is led by an unholy coalition including the Speaker of the Chamber, Eduardo Cunha, a right-wing evangelical from the Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB), who is being prosecuted in Brazil and in Switzerland … Keep reading »

  • The Ultra-Political Game: Depoliticization and False Polarization in Brazil

    In a recent essay (see “Brazil: The Débâcle of the PT”), Alfredo Saad-Filho writes of the dilemmas the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores – PT) now faces in Brazil. His analysis helps decipher some of the dynamics that have led to the current crisis of the PT regime and President Dilma Rousseff. This essay complements … Keep reading »

  • Brazil: The Débâcle of the PT

    Hundreds of thousands of chiefly white middle class protesters took to the streets in Brazil on 15 March in an organized upsurge of hatred against the federal administration led by President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT). These protests are far more cohesive and better organized than the previous wave of … Keep reading »

  • Time for Changes

    “Nothing should seem natural. Nothing should seem impossible to change.” — Bertolt Brecht. Brazil is not an easy country to understand. Over the past 20 years, despite the apparent changes in the relationship between state and society, there has not been in fact a substantial disruption in economic, social, and policy structures. The rise of … Keep reading »

  • Brazil and Coercion

    One Step Further Into the Criminalization of the Radical Left If 2013 put popular protests back into the historical map of Brazil, 2014 is certainly prone to be even more essential for asserting the lasting power of contestation by the radical Left. It was already a special year because of major elections for legislative and executive … Keep reading »

  • Two Transitions in Brazil: Dilemmas of a Neoliberal Democracy

    This article reviews the background and the implications of two transitions in Brazil: the political transition from a military regime (1964-85) to democracy (1985-present), and the economic transition from import-substituting industrialization (ISI, 1930-80) to neoliberalism (1990-present). It subsequently examines how neoliberal economic policies were implemented in a democracy, under the centre-right administrations led by Fernando … Keep reading »

  • Mega-Events, Mega-Businesses, Mega-Protests in Brazil

    There is no need to argue about the importance of Brazilian struggles and manifestations in recent days. They express an extraordinary willingness to change not only transportation, education and health policies, as some analysts have put it – reducing their significance – but to radically transform Brazilian society and its ways of exercising political power. … Keep reading »

  • The Mass Protests in Brazil in June-July 2013

    The mass movements starting in June 2013 were the largest and most significant protests in Brazil in a generation, and they have shaken up the country’s political system. Their explosive growth, size and extraordinary reach caught everyone – the left, the right, and the government – by surprise. This article examines these movements in light … Keep reading »

  • The Crisis Will Be Profound and Prolonged…

    The Brazilian Landless Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra – MST) has been at the forefront of militant struggles against neoliberalism and capitalism in Latin America for many years now. They continue to be a key pole of militancy in the upsurge of socialism and renewal of the Left across the continent. They are … Keep reading »